This Saturday, the Longford Senior Hurlers make the trip to Inniskeen to take on Monaghan in Round 4 of the Lory Meagher Cup with the game throwing-in at 2pm.
It’s a game that Longford will probably need to win if they are keep their ambitions of making the Croke Park Final alive.
Despite having beaten Lancashire by two points and Louth by a point in their last two matches, Longford’s dramatic last-gasp one point defeat away to Leitrim in their opening match of the campaign, leaves them with very little room for error.
Monaghan are the only unbeaten team in the competition having won all three of their outings to date. They followed up on their three point home victory against Cavan, with impressive victories away to Louth and Leitrim by seven points and five points respectively.
Monaghan played in a division higher than Longford in the League, winning two of their five matches.
The Ulster side beat Warwickshire by a point and Louth by seven points, but they were well beaten by Tyrone, Armagh and Roscommon.
Longford reached the Division 3B League Final which they lost by four points to Fermanagh.
Against Louth, Longford came back from two points down at half-time and having to play the last 35 minutes of the contest with fourteen players, after Evan Tully’s dismissal, to win by a point, 1-16 to 1-15.
Reflecting back on the Louth victory, Longford manager Adrian Moran stated that the win with the odds stacked against them, shows how resilient the team are, and also the work rate which epitomises the entire squad.
Adrian also highlighted that in the first-half, the team were shooting from outside the scoring zone and not playing fast enough ball into the inside line, but that these problems were largely rectified in the second-half. He also complimented the great quality amongst the players that shone through in their second-half display.
Finally, Adrian acknowledged that Longford will probably have to win both their remaining games away to Monaghan on Saturday and away to Cavan on Saturday week to make the Lory Meagher Cup Final at Croke Park.